Martine Biron sets out to take over Chutes-de-la-Chaudière

Martine Biron the journalist officially gave way on Wednesday to Martine Biron the politician, and she claims to have been “ethical from start to finish”.

She says she was first approached by the Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ) in January, but says she immediately closed the door. However, the context was different when the party returned to the charge at the end of June.

“When the CAQ approached me this summer, I was at a crossroads,” she said at a press conference on Wednesday, adding that she had just completed a master’s degree in political science and that she will have nearly 60 years old.

“I was ready for a new challenge. […] I always felt, even young, that I would one day contribute [à la vie politique] “, she added. The rollback of the right to abortion in the United States would also have convinced her that more than ever women were needed in politics to defend their rights.

Last week, representatives of the other parties wondered if Martine Biron was already thinking when she spoke with them about their strategies as a journalist. In this regard, she claims that she stopped answering their calls as soon as they approached her. She says she immediately went on vacation to Gaspésie.

With the help of Marc Picard

Prime Minister François Legault stressed that Martine Biron was committed to education and the place of women. “He is a person appreciated by deputies, ministers and his colleagues. »

The official announcement of the candidacy took place in a hotel in Saint-Nicolas, near the highway, on the South Shore, in the presence of many elected officials and candidates from the CAQ. The group included Bernard Drainville, who is running in the neighboring riding of Lévis and who, like Mr.me Biron, worked at Radio-Canada before entering politics.

Martine Biron succeeds Marc Picard, a veteran of the CAQ and the Action Démocratique du Québec (ADQ). A relatively discreet but locally appreciated deputy, Mr. Picard reigned supreme over the riding of Chutes-de-la-Chaudière for 19 years. In the last election, he won by nearly 20,000 votes over his closest rival, the Liberal Party of Quebec.

However, it does not disappear from the landscape since Mme Biron announced that he would help him campaign, calling him “an ace in his game”.

When she was a political analyst, Ms.me Biron had however been very critical of certain elected CAQists, including Geneviève Guilbault, to whom she had awarded “the palme d’or” for “arrogance”. Asked about it, the new politician retorted that “no one will be able to say” that she was “campaigning in secret [sa] thought “.

As for Minister Guilbault, she recalled having also described her as “gifted” who could “lead several front files”. The main interested party also welcomed her candidacy at the start of the afternoon. “I don’t hold it against him, I understand the work you have to do,” she replied to the journalists present.

Legault would have liked the work on the 3rd link to “move faster”

Two days ago, in the same room, it was the turn of the Conservative Party of Quebec (PCQ) to present its candidate in Chutes-de-la-Chaudière, Mario Fortier, a former municipal councilor.

The leader of the PCQ, Éric Duhaime, then described Martine Biron as a candidate “parachuted” from Sillery, describing her as “a journalist friend” of the government. He had also quoted from the chronicles of M.me Biron in which she was critical of the Québec-Lévis tunnel project.

It is precisely this subject that Prime Minister François Legault wanted to talk about first when announcing the candidacy of Martine Biron.

“Yes, I would have liked the work to progress more quickly,” he said. I don’t see why there is so much contempt on the part of the opposition to provide the necessary infrastructure for this great city, this great metropolis that is Greater Quebec. »

He also pointed out that his candidate knew the South Shore well in the Quebec region, in particular because his mother lived there and was a school principal there for years. “The little children she taught and trained are now moms and dads who need us,” said Martine Biron.

In addition to Mr. Fortier, Martine Biron will face Caroline Thibault, of Quebec solidaire, a public service employee. As for the Parti Québécois and the Liberal Party of Quebec, they have not yet presented their candidates in this riding.

Remember that the elections must be called between August 25 and 29 in view of the October 3 ballot.

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Martine Biron sets out to take over Chutes-de-la-Chaudière